Park Project on Track for Summer Events

Park project

The extensive renovation going on in Skansie Brothers Park is on schedule, say city officials, and should be completed in time for summer festivities set to begin in June.

“At this point the park project is still on schedule to be completed by May 24,” said Jeff Langhelm, public works director for the City of Gig Harbor.  “However, the new lawn area (between the pavilion and the new restrooms) will be closed off until June 1 to allow the roots to establish.”

Park project

A renovated Skansie Brothers Park, adjacent to The Club and The Guesthouse @ the Boatyard (with white railing in the background), is scheduled to reopen by May 24. Some lawn areas will be off-limits for another week or so while new grass takes root.

That should be just in time for a popular summer event organized by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance.

“Our Waterfront Farmers Market opening day is Thursday, June 1, so we are counting on a timely completion,” said Mary DesMarais, executive director of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance.

Skansie Brothers Park Project Should be Completed in Time for Summer Fun

The park improvement project next to us at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard started last September and has been going full tilt throughout a record wet and very cold winter.

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Workers poured cement at the end of March for new sidewalks at the Skansie Park project in downtown Gig Harbor.

The project involves three separate improvements to Skansie Brothers Park according to signs posted at the site:

  • A new, larger restroom building with two family restrooms and showers, two public restrooms and other facilities to support the boating community that utilizes Jerisich Dock. The elevation of the new building is three feet higher than the old building to prevent flooding that occurred at high tide. The roof of the building offers an ADA accessible public viewing deck.
  • A new city sewer lift station with increased storage volume and improved reliability to handle anticipated growth.
  • A new public plaza with seating, shaded areas and open space that centers around Gig Harbor’s “Fisherman’s Memorial” park statue.
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Workers smooth out wet cement for a walkway leading to the new restroom building in the park.

Waterfront Park Project Nearing Completion

George Flanigan, engineering construction inspector for the City of Gig Harbor, said the city will post an update of the park project on their website in early April. (Watch for that update on this blog in the coming days.)

“One thing that will change quickly on the site is that we will be paving the roadway on March 31, weather permitting,” he said last week. “That will really change the look around here.  Also, the crew is now starting to put the siding up on the building so the “Blue Box” will look a whole lot different very soon.”

Park project

Siding will be going up soon on the new restroom building, which includes a public viewing deck on the roof. The park project is on schedule for completion by May 24, say city officials.

As for the project completion timeline, things are looking good, Flanigan said.

“The contractor has provided the city with a schedule that shows them being done on time,” Flanigan said. “They have geared up on manpower and I am hopeful that they will finish on or before May 24, the project deadline date.”

Just in Time for High Season on the Gig Harbor Waterfront:

  • Weekly Farmers Markets beginning June 1
  • The annual Maritime Gig Festival June 3-4
  • Summer Sounds at Skansie Concert Series beginning June 27
  • And a whole lot more summer fun in the park and Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard

Plan your special celebration at The Club @ the Boatyard and spill out into the beautiful Skansie Brothers Park. Book a relaxing stay at The Guesthouse @ the Boatyard overlooking the park. Stop by our JW @ the Boatyard food trolley and take your lobster roll or fish & chips to enjoy in the park.

It’s Summertime in Gig Harbor!





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